Monday, August 30, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010
What I stole at the IWA festival
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Herbie turning green!
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
A non trivial welding job
I was admiring the lines of this boat on the hard standing at our boatyard and noticing a group of the staff stroking their chins whilst peering underneath..
Friday, August 20, 2010
Landlocked and increasingly frustrated!
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Boaters buzzword bingo
When I was a working man, I use to attend the odd conference. Such events were supposed to tell us about new challenges, teach us new tricks and allow us to meet our fellow sufferers in the profession. Sadly, more often than not, the quality of the speakers were such that the main challenge we faced was staying awake. So in order to stay alert we used to play games. These games fell into two categories.
b) Buzzword bingo. Each player had a 4x4 grid and wrote a trendy and preferably annoying buzzword or phrase in each square. When a speaker uses one of these words you mark off the square and continue until you have four in a row, at which point you give small cheer to alert your colleagues that you have won and claim your free drinks in the bar that evening.
Game a) can be spoilt if a speaker, as once happened, uses the chosen phrase in his first sentence!
It occurs to me that Buzzword bingo might be a useful tool for boaters to keep in their back pocket, as boaters love to talk at length and the same topics always crop up. A stroll along the towpath at Saul junction last week resulted in three separate very lengthy conversations started by the slightest chance remark or action from me. For instance, all I did was peer at the cabling from a solar panel and half an hour later I not only had a run down on the boat's electrics , but also rather more detail than I need on on someones medical history. In a Gloucester docks antique emporium I happened to mention to a stall lady that I liked her painted roses and ended up with a complete run down on lock keepers, river conditions and mooring places on the river Severn. I imagine that in an hour I could have got a full house on buzzword bingo.
Thinking up 16 words or topics for our grid is easy. How about:
Toilets ( a sure winner), batteries, BW, mooring overstayers,
Unlicenced boats, paint, vandals, diesel prices
Cyclists, lock etiquette, dog poo, new marinas
Noisy generators, malfunctioning locks, favourite pubs, hire boats
A winning line is virtually guaranteed within 20 minutes.
A winning line is virtually guaranteed within 20 minutes.Sadly I notice that most of these are have negative connotations. Well us boaters do like our little grumble don’t we.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Scouting round Gloucester
Visiting boaters are well catered for in the basin by the provision of these well laid out mooring pontoons
Friday, August 13, 2010
I watched the bore no less than six times this week, the best being the first, although I think the night time ones might have been higher. The one shown here is not the biggest.
Should you ever go to watch the bore, beware the websites that tell you the best places to watch. I've now concluded that they refer to the easiest places to watch i.e. where the river is closest to the road. We went to the Severn Bore Inn at Minsterworth last night which is a very popular viewing spot and a large crowd gathered, but the wave when it passed was more of a swell than a wave. There was a collective sigh of disappointment. We jumped in the car and drove to Maisemore bridge where there were only a handful of people and the bore was better.
Anyway, do go if you get the chance, however big or small the bore it is a thrilling thing to watch the tide surge up the river, and the great thing is that no amount of government spending cuts can cancel it!!
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Even more boring and a super bridge sign
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Wow! Bore is definately not a bore
I stood waiting a long time at Maisemore bridge, all on my own and wondering if I had missed it. Your mind plays tricks when you are looking down river. Is that patch of light moving? No.
I dashed over the road to watch the wave push on upstream above the bridge. It was then that I was struck (not literally!) by the tremendous rushing volume of water behind the wave. Somewhat reminiscent of those awful scenes of the tsunami carrying loads of flotsam, there were logs, planks and all sorts of debris rushing up river.
Friday, August 06, 2010
Looking forward to seeing a bore
Just back home for one night, having had a good time in our beloved Shropshire.